Uncharted 3 Runs Away With Writing Award

Uncharted 3 Runs Away With Writing Award

The Writers Guild of America is a slight misnomer. In fact, there are two separate unions, WGA West and WGA East. But they work in tandem, and once a year they come together to celebrate the past year’s achievements in writing. The 2011 awards were presented on Sunday, February 19, in a simultaneous, shared event that took place in both New York and Los Angeles.

The WGA recognises the place of video games and new media alongside the more traditional radio, film and television. Last night’s award for Outstanding Achievement in video game Writing was presented to writer Amy Hennig, for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

This is the second time Hennig’s work on Nathan Drake’s globetrotting, treasure-hunting adventures has been honoured with a WGA award. She also won a 2009 award (in February, 2010) for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

We’ve previously covered the full list of nominees, which included:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Story by Alexandre Amancio, Jean Guesdon, Corey May, Darby McDevitt; Multiplayer Story by Stéphane Blais, Richard Farrese, Jeffrey Yohalem; Lead Script Writer Darby McDevitt; Script Writers Richard Farrese, Nicholas Grimwood, Corey May, Jeffrey Yohalem; Greek and Turkish Ambient Dialogue Writer Vincenzo Beretta; Ubisoft
  • Batman: Arkham City, Lead Narrative Designer Paul Crocker; Story Written by Paul Dini, Paul Crocker and Sefton Hill; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Brink, Lead Writer Edward “Bongoboy” Stern; Bethesda Softworks
  • Mortal Kombat, Story by John Vogel, Brian Chard, Dominic Cianciolo, Alexander Barrentine, Jon Greenberg; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment

2012 Writers Guild Awards New Media and video game Nominees Announced [WGA]
2012 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced [WGA]


  • As much as I loved Uncharted 3, out of that list, I think Arkham City had a better story (but only in the second half of the game). Especially that ending 😀

  • As much as I love the Uncharted franchise, I still felt that 3 was a bit lacking. The ending was really really really anticlimactic, and it never explained why this one dude was immortal at one point and why there were magic spiders. I liked the supernatural elements in Uncharted 1 and 2 and it’s a shame they chickened out at the last minute in 3.

  • Congrats to Uncharted 3, but I echo previous comments and would probably give Arkham City the nod over this game.

    I half-suspect that UC3 is riding on the coattails of 2 to win this award.

  • Ehe? UC3 was a fun game but I wouldn’t go giving it a writing award. UC2 gets my “Bestest Game EVA!!” award, but 3 was a bit of a let down in teh story department (note: I still enjoyed the game overall). No explaining the guy who got shot and magically was fine in the next scene, a pretty weak and anticlimactic ending, and the whole “you can go far yes, but what about Sully?” felt lame the whole time – they never did anything with it! Pass it to Arkham City or The Witcher 2.

  • I like all those games, I mean I love Uncharted 3.
    But seriously Brink & Mortal Kombat?

    I’m with Jacquesy here The Witcher 2 really deserved something at least a nomination.

  • Congratulations Uncharted 3, Naughty Dog you are the best when it comes to storytelling, so The Last of us will be interesting!

    • i agree… UC2 had a lot more jokes that makes the entire story much more enjoyable. For example: When Chloe first met Elena, Ending of UC2 in the village.

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